Quick Answer: How far should you fly around a thunderstorm?

Can you fly around thunderstorms?

Jet aircraft can safely fly over thunderstorms only if their flight altitude is well above the turbulent cloud tops. The most intense and turbulent storms are often the tallest storms, so en route flights always seek to go around them.

What to do if you fly into a thunderstorm?

Flying in storm central

  1. Try to hold a level attitude; accept altitude excursions.
  2. Slow to VA (maneuvering speed)
  3. With retractable-gear airplanes, extend landing gear.
  4. Disconnect autopilot.
  5. Turn on anti-ice equipment.
  6. Tighten seat belts and turn up cabin lights.
  7. Maintain heading as best you can.

Can planes take off during lightning?

Not to worry. The answer to the question “can planes fly in thunderstorms?” is almost always “yes,” and when it’s not, pilots (and the people who help them fly) won’t even try. All but the most severe weather is completely harmless to modern aircraft, including lightning.

What is upwind side of an aircraft?

Upwind leg. A flight path parallel to and in the direction of the landing runway. It is offset from the runway and opposite the downwind leg.

What is the upwind side of a thunderstorm?

A thunderstorm in which new development takes place on the upwind side (usually the west or southwest side), such that the storm seems to remain stationary or propagate in a backward direction.

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How do you tell which way a storm is moving?

You can also watch the top of the storm or nearby storms, to see which direction the anvil or wispy clouds are being blown off of the top of the storm. This will give you some insight into the direction of the upper level winds.